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Transportation of two bucket reclaimers, South Africa


ALE has completed the successful transportation of two new Sandvik bucket wheel stacker reclaimers inside Richards Bay Coal Terminal, South Africa.


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The bucket reclaimers were comprised of 30 components, weighing between 16t – 139t. The components ranged in dimension, with the widest measuring 10m, the highest measuring 18.9m and the longest measuring 63m.

ALE received the components with the ship’s gear at Richards Bay Coal Terminal.

The components were then transported 1.2km to the laydown area using 28 axle lines of SPT in a configuration of 4 file 14. The lighter components were staged at the quay and loaded with a reach stacker or mobile crane onto 8 axle lines of conventional trailer.

There were two heavylift items, the tripper car and the bucket wheel boom (measuring 63m long), that were transported in specialised support frames so they could be carried at height to clear obstacles on the route.

Once ALE delivered the components on site, they were offloaded by a third-party contractor.

It took approximately eight days to deliver all 30 components.

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